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Angels to call up journeyman pitcher Jerome Williams

August 17, 2011 | 12:58 pm

AngelslogoThe Angels are expected to call up 29-year-old right-hander Jerome Williams from triple-A Salt Lake Wednesday to fill the roster spot vacated by right-hander Trevor Bell, who was optioned to Salt Lake after throwing 4 1/3 innings of two-run, six-hit relief in Tuesday night's 7-3 loss to the Texas Rangers.

Williams, who played parts of five seasons with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals, signed as a minor league free agent with the Angels on June 16 and has gone 7-2 with a 3.91 earned-run average in 11 games for Salt Lake, including a complete-game victory over Omaha on Sunday. He pitched last season in Taiwan.

A native of Hawaii, Williams, whose fastball has been clocked in the 95-mph range, was a first-round pick of the Giants in 1999. He went 23-29 with a 4.25 ERA in 76 big-league games from 2003-2007. In 73 2/3 innings at Salt Lake this season, Williams struck out 60, walked 15 and allowed 10 home runs.


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